City by city briefs: April 20


Auburn to host barbecue challenge

If your barbecue is a hit, the city of Auburn is offering you a chance to prove it. Enter the Smok’n Heroes Backyard BBQ Challenge on May 17 in downtown Auburn. Cash prizes up to $500 are up for grabs and the entry fee is $75. Applications, including contest rules, can be picked up at Auburn City Hall during regular business hours. For more information, call Tracie Pollard at 770-963-4002 ext. 206.


Fort Yargo to host mountain biking races

Fort Yargo State Park will host a leg of the Gone Riding Georgia Mountain Biking state championship series this weekend.

Held from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, the event will host some of the Southeast’s best offroad bicycle racers. For more information, visit goneriding.com.

Admission to the event is free but parking is $5. Fort Yargo State Park is located at 210 S. Broad St. in Winder.


Day on the Lake

The Berkeley Lake Homeowners Association will host a day on the lake at 9 a.m. April 26 in the picnic area behind the chapel. Residents are encouraged to enjoy a pontoon boat ride, kayak, canoe or paddle board. Free sample fish food will be available in designated areas. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are welcome to join and earn merit badges. Volunteers will serve lunch at a nominal price from noon to 1 p.m.


Antique and garden show scheduled for the weekend

The city of Braselton’s largest-ever antique and garden festival will be held Friday through Sunday, with 125 vendors and an array of products, concessions, entertainment and collectibles.

Admission and parking are free for the event, which will be held at Braselton Park — located in the town’s historic downtown, one mile east of Exit 129 on Interstate 85. Festival hours are noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit downtownbraselton.com.


GEHC to host ‘Meet A Scientist’ event

The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center will host a “Meet A Scientist” event later this week, affording kids and adults alike the opportunity to meet scientists from across the community and “find out how they got to do the work they do today.”

The event, held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, is free with admission to the center. The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center is located at 2020 Clean Water Drive in Buford.


Annexation of properties into city to become final in June

The city of Dacula has received notification that Gov. Nathan Deal signed HB 999 into law April 10, meaning the annexations of 34 properties into the city limits will become final June 1.

The mayor and city council voted unanimously to request that the General Assembly annex 34 properties into the city of Dacula during this legislative session. The properties consist of about 75 total acres in unincorporated Gwinnett County along the Winder Highway Corridor from Ga. Highway 316 east to the current city limits.

For more information on the annexations, call Dacula City Hall at 770-963-7451.


Duluth to host major bike race

The first Georgia Cup-Duluth Criterium will debut Aug. 2 in the streets of downtown Duluth. With 600 cyclists and more than 15,000 spectators expected, this event will feature some of the top professional and amateur racers in the Southeast. The unique feature of this event will be the pro twilight races that evening under the lights.

The criterium is a multi-lap race of 25 to 60 miles held on a closed course generally a mile or less in length. These races, which usually last one to two hours, feature cyclists going 30 mph or more.


Local church to host first-ever kids consignment sale

Grayson First United Methodist Church’s preschool program will host a children’s consignment sale Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 1 through 3. The church is in need of sellers, volunteers and donations. Items to be sold include clothes, shoes, toys, furniture and more. For more information on becoming a seller or to discuss volunteer opportunities or donations, contact Alison Twohig at 770-682-7411 or email gumcpreschool@bellsouth.net.


Commissioner to host town hall meeting

Gwinnett County District 2 Commissioner Lynette Howard will host a town hall meetings to share an overview of what’s going on in the county government at 7 p.m. Monday, April 21 at the Five Forks Trickum Library at 2780 Five Forks Trickum Road in Lawrenceville. This is one of two finals meetings in 2014.


Input needed on fair housing

Gwinnett officials are inviting people to participate in an analysis of impediments to fair housing choice, as part of the process to create the 2015-2019 consolidated plan for future HUD grant funding.

A community meeting is planned for 6 p.m. Monday at Lilburn City Hall, with two more sessions set for 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday, May 1 at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

Residents who are unable to attend a meeting can complete an online survey by May 30 at www.surveymonkey.com/s/7YL8YL3.


Free bike safety check May 3

Oasis Bowl in Loganville will host a free bike safety check at 11 a.m. May 3. The event will include tips for road safety and a gift certificate for one hour of bowling. Vendors will be on hand from summer camps and local restaurants along with firefighters and police officers. For more information, call 770-554-6262.


Foundation’s gala fundraiser coming Friday

Norcross High School parents and area residents can show their support for the school this weekend, with the annual NHS Foundation for Excellence spring gala.

The event will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at The Fields Club in Peachtree Corners. For tickets, contact Lorri_Pace@gwinnett.k12.ga.us.


Business group to discuss branding

A football legend will participate this week in a Southwest Gwinnett Chamber business education program.

The group’s April Lunch & Learn event will feature of panel discussing the rebranding of the Kennesaw State University Owls. Vince Dooley will participate, along with KSU’s Athletics Director Vaughn Williams and coach Brian Bohannon.

The luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast in Peachtree Corners.

For more information, contact the Southwest Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce at 770-239-7442 or visit its website online at www.southwestgwinnettchamber.com.


Entrepreneur Summit to feature speaker

Business owners can learn about gaining access to capital at Snellville’s Entrepreneur Summit on Tuesday.

Grace Fricks, the CEO of Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs will discuss the topic at the annual city event, sponsored by the Snellville Entrpreneur Council.

“Have you worked on your business lately?” asked Eric Van Otteren, Snellville economic development manager. “The April 22 Snellville Entrepreneur Summit offers an opportunity for you to experience the business development tools in place to help you begin a new era of success for your business. The summit will introduce a new tool, Solution Seminars. Participate in the summit to get a peek at a hot topic, ‘Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs.’ The first Solution Seminar is scheduled for 11 a.m. May 17.”

For more information about the 6 p.m. program, which costs $10, visit www.snellville.org/summit, call 770-985-3502 or email economicdevelopment@snellville.org.


City seeking applications for ‘World Changers’ help

The World Changers youth mission will be in Sugar Hill this summer and the city is seeking applications for residents that need help maintaining their homes. For the fifth straight year, 200 young adults will converge on Sugar Hill to provide help, their labor donated and supplies covered by the Sugar Hill Housing Authority.

Last year, more than 30 Sugar Hill residents applied for help from World Changers, and completed projects included house painting, new roofs, handicap ramps, deck repairs and yard cleanup.

Anything interested in applying for help can pick up an application at city hall. For more information on how to qualify for assistance, contact Kaipo Awana at kawana@cityofsugarhill.com or 770-945-6734.


City to host public art forum

The city of Suwanee and ArtWorks! Gwinnett are hosting a public art forum titled “Development Drivers: Public Art & Placemaking,” for government officials, business leaders and developers May 1. The session begins in the council chambers on the second floor of Suwanee City Hall, 330 Town Center Ave., with a continental breakfast and networking at 7:30 a.m. The presentation will start at 8 a.m.

The seminar is free and open to the public. Registration is required by April 29. Those interested may register at artworksgwinnett.org/?p=4416.

Seminar speakers are Bruce Green, tourism product development manager with the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and Heather Alhadeff, president of Center Forward, an Atlanta-based land use and transportation consulting firm.